Image display apparatus

- Hitachi, Ltd.

An image display apparatus having a computer system and an image processor. The computer system includes: a personal computer having a CPU and a main memory; and input/output apparatuses such as magneto-optical disk drive, image scanner, full color printer, etc. The image processor which commonly uses a system bus of the computer system includes an independent dedicated image bus, a compression/expansion unit, an image memory read/write controller, image memories, and a video processor. Image data which is sent from the magneto-optical disk drive is decoded by the compression/expansion unit and is held in the image memories. The image data of the image memories is transferred to the video processor through a dedicated signal line and is displayed on a large screen projection display.

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Claims

1. An image display apparatus comprising:

a computer including an input/output bus, a communicating apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for transmitting and receiving data and a command to/from another apparatus connected via a communication line, and a command processing apparatus for interpreting and executing the command received by said communicating apparatus;
a decoding apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for decoding compressed data received by said communicating apparatus into original image data;
an image memory for recording the decoding images from said decoding apparatus and many as at least two display planes;
a video processing apparatus for reading out said decoded images from said image memory and converting said images into a display signal;
a display apparatus for displaying an output of said video processing apparatus as a color image;
an image data dedicated bus to which said decoding apparatus, said image memory, and said video processing apparatus are connected; and
a signal line to connect said image memory and said video processing apparatus,
wherein said command received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said command processing apparatus through said input/output bus, said command processing apparatus interprets said command and controls the operations of said communicating apparatus, said decoding apparatus, and said video processing apparatus,
further, said compressed data received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said decoding apparatus to said input/output bus, said decoding apparatus records the decoded image data into said image memory through said image data dedicated bus, said decoded image data from said image memory is transferred to said video processing apparatus through said dedicated signal line and is video processed by said video processing apparatus, and, after, the video processed image data is displayed by said display apparatus.

2. An apparatus according to claim 1, wherein an audio processing apparatus is connected to said input/output bus and audio non-compressed data or audio compressed data received by said communicating apparatus is reproduced by said audio processing apparatus in accordance with the control of said processing apparatus (and is reproduced).

3. A computer system comprising:

an image display apparatus according to claim 1; and
a file recording apparatus having a communicating apparatus and a command processing apparatus, said image display apparatus and file recording apparatus being connected by said communication line,
wherein at least compressed images are recorded in said file recording apparatus, and when an image transfer command as a request to transfer the compressed image is transmitted from said image display apparatus via the communication line, said command is received by said communicating apparatus, said command is interpreted and executed by said command processing apparatus, the compressed image is transferred from said file recording apparatus to said video processing apparatus, and the compressed image transmitted from said file recording apparatus through the communication line is expanded as displayed in said image display apparatus.

4. A reproduction managing apparatus comprising:

a plurality of image display operate according to claim 1; and a reproduction managing apparatus having a communicating apparatus and a command processing apparatus, said image display operate and reproduction managing apparatus being (are) connected by said communication line,
wherein said reproduction managing apparatus installs a plurality of state managing operate for managing states of said plurality of image display operate and a scenario executing apparatus for executing a scenario programmed by using a command to control operations of said plurality of image display operate, said state managing operate and said image display operate are made to correspond in a one to one relational manner through said communication line, said state managing apparatus always obtains and manages a file which said corresponding image display apparatus has in a state of the operation thereof through the communication line, and
the following operations (a) and (b), namely
(a) said scenario executing apparatus interprets a command described by said scenario, discriminates said image display apparatus to process said interpreted command, and issues a command to said corresponding state managing apparatus, and
(b) when receiving said command, said state managing apparatus issues the command to said corresponding image display apparatus through the communication line,
are executed until there is no command of said scenario.

5. An apparatus according to claim 4, wherein a scenario analyzing apparatus to analyze contents of said scenario is connected to said scenario executing apparatus, the contents of the scenario to be executed or analyzed by said scenario analyzing apparatus, said image display apparatus to reproduce a file used in said scenario is extracted and compared with the state of the file that is managed by said state managing apparatus, and when there is no file necessary to execute the scenario, a necessary file is given to the corresponding image display apparatus through the communication line.

6. An apparatus according to claim 4, wherein a time managing apparatus for managing a time to execute the command is connected to said scenario executing apparatus, said scenario executing apparatus sets the time to execute the command and a command to be executed at that time into said time managing apparatus, when the time set by said scenario executing apparatus comes, said time managing apparatus reports a request to execute said set command to said scenario executing apparatus, and the command reported by said time managing apparatus is executed by said scenario executing apparatus, thereby controlling operations of said plurality of image display apparatuses in accordance with the time.

7. An apparatus according to claim 4, wherein an input managing apparatus to manage an input of an operator is connected to said scenario executing apparatus, said scenario executing apparatus sets inputting conditions of an operator and a command to be executed at that time into said input managing apparatus, when there is an input corresponding to the command instructed by said scenario executing apparatus, said input managing apparatus reports a request to execute said set command to said scenario executing apparatus, and the command reported by said time managing apparatus is executed by said scenario executing apparatus, thereby controlling operations of said plurality of image display apparatuses in accordance with the input of an operator.

8. A database apparatus comprising:

a computer system including an input/output bus, a communicating apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for transmitting and receiving data and a command to/from another apparatus connected by a communication line, a command processing apparatus for interpreting and executing the command received by said communicating apparatus, and a database into which compressed images have been recorded with retrieving conditions;
a database processing apparatus for retrieving said database and reading out a compressed image or the like which meets said retrieving conditions;
a decoding apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for decoding compressed data received by said communicating apparatus and compressed data recorded in said database into original image data;
an image memory for recording the decoded original image data from said decoding apparatus as many at least two display planes;
an image comparison operation processing apparatus for simultaneously reading out the images of at least two display planes from said image memory and then executing a comparison operation of the images;
an image data dedicated bus to which said decoding apparatus, said image memory, and said image comparison operation processing apparatus are connected; and
a signal line for connecting said image memory and said image comparison operation processing apparatus,
wherein an image retrieving command received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said command processing means through said input/output bus, said command processing apparatus interprets said image retrieving command, the compressed image serving as retrieving conditions sent together with said command is decoded by said decoding apparatus and is written as a retrieving condition image into said image memory,
the following processes (a) and (b), namely, (a) said command processing apparatus requests said database processing apparatus to output an image as a retrieval image, the compressed image read out from said database processing apparatus is decoded by said decoding means and is written as a comparison image into another image memory in which said retrieving condition image is not written, and
(b) said image comparison operation processing apparatus simultaneously reads out said retrieving condition image and said comparison image which was newly written, executes a comparison operating process, and reports to said another apparatus whether said two images satisfy the retrieving conditions or not,
are repeated until there is no image as retrieving target, the image which satisfies the retrieving conditions of said retrieving condition images is retrieved, and the retrieval result is reported.

9. An apparatus according to claim 8, wherein

two or more images are designated in the retrieving conditions by said image retrieving command,
two or more retrieving condition images are written in the two or more display planes in said image memory,
the following processes (a) and (b), namely
(a) said command processing apparatus requests said database processing apparatus to output an image as a retrieval image and a compressed image read out from said database processing apparatus is decoded by said decoding means and is written as a comparison image into another image memory in which said retrieving condition image is not written, and
(b) said image comparison operation processing apparatus simultaneously reads out said retrieving condition images of two or more display planes and said comparison image into which was newly written, executes comparison operating processes, and reports to said another apparatus whether the images of three display planes satisfy the retrieving conditions or not,
are repeated until there is no image as a retrieving target, the image which satisfies the retrieving conditions of said retrieving condition images retrieved, and the retrieval result is reported.

10. An apparatus according to claim 8, wherein

an audio comparison operation processing apparatus disconnected to said input/output bus, an audio retrieving command received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said command processing means through said input/output bus, said command processing apparatus interprets said audio retrieving command, and audio data serving as retrieving conditions sent together with said command is written as retrieving condition audio data into said audio comparison operation processing apparatus,
the following process (a), namely
(a) said command processing apparatus requests said database processing apparatus to output audio data serving as a retrieving target, the audio data read out from said database processing apparatus is written as comparison audio data into said audio comparison operation processing apparatus, and said audio comparison operation processing apparatus executes a comparison operating process of another retrieving condition audio data, and said comparison audio data and reports to said another apparatus whether said two audio data satisfy the retrieving conditions or not,
is repeated until there is no audio data serving as a retrieving target, audio data which satisfies the retrieving conditions of the retrieving condition audio data is retrieved, and the retrieval result is reported.

11. An image editing system comprising:

a computer including an input/output bus, a communicating apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for transmitting and receiving data and a command to/from another apparatus connected by a communication line, and a command processing apparatus for interpreting and executing the command received by said communicating apparatus;
a decoding apparatus, connected to said input/output bus, for restoring or decoding compressed data received by said another apparatus into original image data;
an image memory for recording decoded messages from said decoding apparatus as many as at least two display planes;
a video processing apparatus for reading out said decoded images from said image memory and converting into a display signal;
a display apparatus for displaying an output of said video processing apparatus as a color image;
an image data dedicated bus to which said decoding apparatus, said image memory, and said video processing apparatus are connected;
a signal line to connect said image memory and said video processing apparatus;
an image editing apparatus for editing and processing the images recorded in said image memory; and
an image input apparatus and an image printing apparatus which are controlled by said image editing apparatus,
wherein said command received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said command processing apparatus through said input/output bus, said command processing apparatus interprets said command and controls operations of said communicating apparatus, said decoding apparatus, said video processing apparatus, and said image editing apparatus, wherein
said image editing apparatus controls said image input apparatus and fetches the images and records into said image memory,
said compressed data received by said communicating apparatus is transferred to said decoding apparatus through said input/output bus, said decoding apparatus records the decoded image data into said image memory through said image data dedicated bus,
said image editing apparatus is controlled by said command processing apparatus and processes and edits the images recorded in said image memory,
the edited images recorded in said image memory are transferred to said video processing apparatus through said dedicated signal line and are video processed by said video processing apparatus, and after that, the video processed images are displayed by said display apparatus,
the edited images recorded in said image memory are read out by said image editing apparatus and are printed by said image printing apparatus, and
the edited images recorded in said image memory are read out by said command processing apparatus and are transferred to another apparatus by using said communicating apparatus,
thereby allowing input, editing and printing of images through the communication line.

12. A system according to claim 11, wherein an audio editing apparatus is connected to said input/output bus, an audio inputting apparatus and an audio outputting apparatus are connected to said audio editing apparatus, and audio data inputted by said audio inputting apparatus or audio data received by said communicating apparatus is audio edited by said audio editing apparatus in accordance with a control of said command processing apparatus.

13. A system according to claim 12, wherein a multimedia editing apparatus is connected to said input/output bus and said image editing apparatus and said audio editing apparatus are controlled by said multimedia editing apparatus, thereby editing a scenario to control a procedure for reproduction of the image and audio data.

Referenced Cited
U.S. Patent Documents
5721884 February 24, 1998 Shishizuka et al.
5724537 March 3, 1998 Jones
Patent History
Patent number: 5826035
Type: Grant
Filed: May 12, 1997
Date of Patent: Oct 20, 1998
Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo)
Inventors: Nagaharu Hamada (Hitachi), Toshiro Kamiuchi (Tokyo), Ikuo Hikawa (Yokohama), Takashi Nakasugi (Yokohama), Takashi Azuma (Chigasaki), Chiharu Takayama (Yokohama)
Primary Examiner: Thomas Peeso
Law Firm: Frohwitter
Application Number: 8/854,837
Classifications
Current U.S. Class: 395/20077; 395/20032; 345/2; Image Compression Or Coding (382/232); Scanning (358/505)
International Classification: G01R 1300;